Michael B. Jordan says he's not signed for Fantastic Four. Travolta wants to be a Bond villain. Does LEGO reveal a key Guardians of the Galaxy scene? Lifetime's picked up a series from the Children of Men writer. The original Flash joins the CW's Flash show. Sansa's becoming a "powerhouse" on Game of Thrones. Spoilers now!
Top image: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
John Travolta wants to play a Bond villain in order to finish off his baddie resume. He's already talked to producer Barbara Broccoli, and she's apparently in favor of it. However, it wouldn't be for the next film, which'll keep both star Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes, but the one after that – Bond 25. Apparently, Broccoli's already figured out the villain for this next film. [Metro]
Most media outlets have been assuming that Michael B. Jordan's a done deal to play Johnny Storm in the reboot. On the other hand, the actor himself seems to be indicating that it's not set in stone yet:
I can't even — you know how it is in the industry! I can't talk [about it] — it's still up in the air. I just can't. It's one of things where, certain people start talking too soon and then what if it doesn't happen for whatever reason? Then I'm the guy who was out there talking about something that coulda, shoulda, woulda, but didn't.
As to the controversy about casting an African-American, Jordan told Access Hollywood:
It's not just about that role — I think times are changing. It's 2014. Comic books in general were established when we didn't have civil rights, for the most part. So there weren't a lot of comic book characters who were geared towards us, period. We weren't the market that comic books were made for in the beginning. But as times change and things move on, I think us as a people need to evolve as well in our thinking and not be so narrow-minded. So, if not me, if not this project, [if it's] someone else in another character, I wouldn't be mad at that at all.
A blurry image of a new LEGO set gives what appears to be our first glimpse at a set piece from the film, the Milano Spaceship Rescue. [Comic Book Movie]
Speaking with MTV, Gary Oldman let a bunch of details about his character and the plot of the sequel:
He's the sort of designated leader, if you will, of this community of those that were lucky enough to survive the simian flu, the disease, and then the ensuing social uprising from it....So they're sort of survivors, and he was a police officer, so he's more of the kind of elected leader of this (group). And they need power and there's a power station and some of my people go out to see if it's operational, if it's still out there, and then they discover that there's a whole community of apes living there. We believed they were all completely fire-bombed and wiped out...He's experienced a great loss, personally, and there's only one answer for him and that's to wipe them out. I see him as a sort of the hero of the piece.
He also talked about the director's vision for the sequel, which takes place a decade after Rise of the Planet of the Apes:
Matt Reeves was more interested in not just keeping the franchise alive but he wanted to make it more of a human story, he wanted to explore what had happened and keep it more focused to the human side of it before the story becomes the 'Planet of the Apes' as we know it from the first one, from the original.
Edward Neumeier, one of the writers of the original film, talked a bit about the differences between it and the new film:
I think it's actually a very different movie, despite a lot of similarities. The big difference to me is that this is a Doctor Frankenstein movie whereas my movie is a Frankenstein movie, if you will. That is to say, it's much more about the point of view of the creator and the creation than it is about RoboCop. The other thing that's really different is that it's about a man who has been injured severely as one might be by a roadside bomb and he's put into a giant prosthetic device that keeps him alive and allows him to function. That's somewhat different from the way the story in the first one was told. It's not about identity or who he will be or become. It's about how he's going to hold onto himself. How will he cope with this violence that has been done to his body and to his person. I think that, in that way, both films have a storyline that's about coping with, essentially, technology and how it changes you.
The other writer, Michael Miner, agrees that one of the major differences is the focus on the creator over the creation:
Yeah, I think that's really great. I think Oldman raises the status of the picture immensely and, as a sort of latter-day Doctor Frankenstein, starts to have compassion for the monster. I think that, like the original, you don't get to really know RoboCop. He's like a third person, kind of in the distance. Which is good. Jose keeps the mask, which keeps the audience away like it does with Peter Weller in the original. I think that's a good thing. I think it lets the audience try to reach into his mind and they have more compassion as a result. Oldman is, I think, a terrific, terrific character in the new one.
He also wanted fans to know that the new version's "really good." [Coming Soon]
Production officially began on the sequel with filming in Johannesburg, which will continue for two weeks. According to a news report, the Alberta Sisulu Road will be closed for 12 hours a day for a week, with other roads being closed down, for longer, next week. That sounds like an action scene/car chase to me. [Coming Soon]
January Jones will star as a woman who begins experiencing strange visions once she returns to her home town. As she investigates them, she discovers a "terrifying" mystery. [Coming Soon]
Sophie Turner says Sansa has a very different trajectory this time around:
There's a kind of big evolution [for Sansa in Season 4]. She begins to kind of manipulate the people who have done wrong to her in her past. She becomes a powerhouse character but in a very subtle way. It's really good.
More at the link. [Wetpaint]
Matt Smith's not ready to let his fictional wife go. Speaking at New Orleans Comic Con, he said:
Don't ask. I'm really possessive over Alex [Kingston]. I said this to Steven [Moffat]. I was like, 'Listen, just don't! Just not Alex. Anyone else, but don't give [Capaldi] River.' But Peter is the Doctor now so hey, what can I do?
I think that Steven will be planning things that are going to unfold over years and I think he'll reinvent the folklore, and it will become Peter's folklore. . . . But I am really proud of the fact that Alex was part of number Eleven's life. My wife!
Producer Gale Anne Hurd previewed a little about what's in store for Daryl:
Daryl had found a new family after the loss of his own brother, and he had become not only a valued and respected member, but someone who could actually joke around. He was finally beginning to see the light at the end of a very dark and brutal tunnel, and now that's been ripped apart with the fall of the prison, with the banishment of Carol. We'll have to see how he copes with those twin tragedies.
Tyler Posey said that the twins' agenda will remain hidden for a while:
The twins are always going to be those iffy antagonists. They could be trying to get into Scott's pack to help him out, or they could be wanting to get into Scott's pack to take him down.
He also spoke a little bit about Scott and Kira's relationship:
You get to see them become friends before a relationship, if that ever happens. Right now, they're definitely mostly friends who want to help each other out, and they also have feelings for each other, but I think they both know they have to put those feelings aside for a second while they deal with saving the world. Everything that they're going through gives them a bigger connection and it's just a really cool little relationship to watch and see blossom.
Posey also spoke with Perez Hilton, and said that Scott and Kira are the new addition to the list of Teen Wolf romantic relationships. And he said that there was a huge surprise at the end of the season. He hinted that someone would die, but he kind of used a joking tone, so he could be telling the truth or just messing with people. Watch the video at the link. [Perez Hilton]
According to Colton Haynes, Roy's new knowledge of Oliver's secret will cause problems with Thea:
He has to continue to lie to her, and he told her that he wasn't going to lie to her anymore, which was obviously a lie. If you're a fan of Dawson's Creek, and the relationships in Dawson's Creek, then you will know how the relationship is going to go between Roy and Thea.
Tom Cavanagh (Ed) has been added to the cast as Harrison Wells, who is described as "a rock star in the world of physics, the mind and money behind Central City's S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator. He becomes a pariah after the lab's explosion, but he charts his path to redemption when he discovers that his failed experiment had the unintended consequence of creating the world's fastest man (Grant Gustin)." [Entertainment Weekly]
Also cast is John Wesley Shipp, who played Barry Allen/The Flash in the 1990s TV series, who is playing a "mystery" part in the pilot who is intended to recur.
Annie Wersching (24) will play recurring character Femi Dodd, a Yasumoto Corporation board member who wants to make sure technological innovation doesn't leave our humanity behind. As a result, she stands in opposition to Molly's (Halle Berry) husband, who is a robot maker. [TV Line via SpoilerTV]
Lifetime picked up 10 episodes of Lottery, a series set in a dystopian future where women have stopped having children, bringing humanity to the brink of extinction. The series comes from Children of Men writer Timothy J. Sexton, and will center on the results of a fertility specialist accidentally fertilizing 100 embryos, prompting the government to create a lottery to find surrogates for them. It will star Marley Shelton as the fertility specialist, Michael Graziadei (American Horror Story), David Alpay (The Vampire Diaries), and Martin Donovan (Homeland). [Entertainment Weekly]
Episode 2.15 will be called "Dreamcatcher." [SpoilerTV]
Here's a description of episode 1.12, "Beholden":
—"ALMOST HUMAN"— (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
DNA CRIMES OF THE FUTURE ARE INVESTIGATED ON AN ALL-NEW "ALMOST HUMAN" MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, ON FOX
Tony Cox ("Bad Santa") Guest-Stars
When Det. Kennex and Dorian investigate the murder of a "chrome," there are no signs of trauma, other than a very small pinprick on the back of his neck. As the investigation unfolds, it's revealed that the murder suspect is tapping into the DNA of his victims in pursuit of perfection in the all-new "Beholder" episode of ALMOST HUMAN airing Monday, Feb. 24 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (HU-112) (TV-14 L, V)
Cast: Karl Urban as John Kennex; Michael Ealy as Dorian; Minka Kelly as Detective Valerie Stahl; Mackenzie Crook as Rudy Lom; Michael Irby as Detective Richard Paul; Lili Taylor as Captain Sandra Maldonado.
Guest Cast: Anthony Konechny as MX-43 #1; Darren E. Scott as MX-43 #2; Garfield Wilson as MX-43 #3; Michael Eklund as Eric Lathem; John Shaw as Dr. Curt McCann; Tony Cox as Di Carlo; Jesse Hutch as Jake Bellman; Rhonda Dent as Judy Wood; Tommy Douglas as Brian Barrow; Matthew Harrison as Dr. Amir; Emilie Ullerup as Sarah Courtney; Alex Duncan as April Ross; Amanda Paller as Lucy; Sophie Lui as Claire Chang.
And here's a promo for episode 1.11, "Disrupt." [via SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Emily Stamm